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Martin Kaymer Leads Italian Open, Tyrrell Hatton Misses Cut

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Martin Kaymer earned his first victory in around 4 years as many European stars shined in the Italian Open.

Kaymer carded a second round of 63 at Gardagolf to finish 11 under par, but the entire field will be separated by just seven shots heading into the weekend.

“It’s been a while since I played that solid,” Kaymer said (h/t ESPN).

“I think I was getting very close recently but that positivity was missing on the golf course because I haven’t had a lot of good results.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve won majors and had the situations I had at the Ryder Cup, it’s really exciting to be in a position that you can win a golf tournament again.”

Graeme McDowell experienced his last win back in 2015. McDowell was named as a Ryder Cup vice-captain last week but still of qualifying for the team instead, as he missed that opportunity back in 2016.

“My head will be down this weekend and I will be grinding really hard,” McDowell said.

“There’s a lot of really great players in this field.

“I’ll have to play well to win. It would do a lot for me, would do a lot for my summer, a lot for my Ryder Cup bid and a lot for my confidence in general.”

Danny Willett added a 67 to his opening 65 and has yet to drop a shot this week.

“I haven’t made a cut for a while so to actually be this side of the leaderboard is pretty nice,” Willett said.

“I’ve been working really hard and I’ve not been getting any results and you just have to keep your head down and hope that you get a couple of days like this under your belt.”

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John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance

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Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.

According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .

“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.

“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

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Play Suspended at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2019

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Play has been suspended due to darkness during the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday with Phil Mickelson in the lead.

Mickelson currently leads the tournament at 18 under and Paul Casey owns a share of second at 15 under, with each having two more holes remaining to play.

The PGA Tour announced play will resume at 11 a.m. ET.

Pebble Beach Pro-Am Leaderboard

1. Phil Mickelson (-18) thru 16

T2. Paul Casey (-15) thru 15

T2. Scott Stallings (-15)

T4. Jason Day (-13)

T4. Si Woo Kim (-13)

6. Scott Langley (-12)

T7. Kevin Streelman (-11)

T7. Brian Gay (-11)

T7. Lucas Glover (-11)

T10. Max Homa (-10)

T10. Michael Thompson (-10)

T10. Chris Stroud (-10)

T10. Scott Piercy (-10)

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U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau

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Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”

“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”

“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

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